ABC brings back “The Gong Show” next month, and the network announced the addition of celebrity judges Alyson Hannigan, Jimmy Kimmel, Brad Paisley and Jason Sudeikis to the show’s revolving panel of judges. They join returning judges Will Arnett, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong and Rob Riggle for the revived show’s second season.
The show returns Thursday, June 21.
The show is hosted by former “Saturday Night Live Star” Mike Myers, who takes on the persona of British comedic legend Tommy Maitland as host of the show.
“Performers, such as contortionists, singers, magicians, dancers, jugglers and dancing dogs, are just some of the dozens and dozens of acts that are set to impress our panel of three celebrity judges,” ABC says in today’s announcement. “If any of the judges deem an act to be less than worthy of a score, they can pick up a mallet and hit the giant gong that is hanging behind them and end the underwhelming performance. But if the judges are happy with the act, they will let it play out until the end and present their scores numerically from 0 through 10.”
The announcement adds: “It’s not uncommon for fights to break out amongst the judges when one of them wants to gong an act, while the others want to let them play on. At the end of each show, the winning performer or act with the highest judges’ scores will receive a fabulous ‘The Gong Show’ trophy and a check.”
“The Gong Show” is produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live audience. the show is executive produced by Will Arnett, Peter Principato, Marc Forman, Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Mike Myers, Jason Weinberg and Conrad Green. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, David Bohnert and Chris Choun are co-executive producers.